Red, Blue Masses planned for September

By Travis Pearson
Two special Masses will be celebrated at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception next month.
A Blue Mass, for those involved in public safety, will be celebrated for the first time at the Cathedral at 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 10. The annual Red Mass, for those in the legal profession, will be celebrated at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14.
The Red Mass
The origin of the Red Mass dates back to 13th century England, around the time of the reign of King Edward I. The Mass was celebrated at Westminster Abbey and served as the official opening of the judicial year. It received its name because the celebrants wore red vestments and the Lord High Justices were robed in brilliant scarlet.
A Red Mass, attended by judges, lawyers, and other public officials, is celebrated for those whose duty is to advocate, judge, and resolve legal matters and policy.
Judges, lawyers, and other public officials attend a Red Mass for the administration of justice and for those whose duty it is to advocate, judge, and resolve legal matters and policy. The Red Mass has been celebrated in the United States for nearly a century and also promotes the unity of the judiciary and legal profession.
This year's Red Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Carl A. Kemme, with a dinner to follow, at which noted constitutional law expert, Stephen R. McAllister, professor of law at the University of Kansas and solicitor general for the State of Kansas, will talk about the state of religious liberty in the United States.
The Blue Mass
Deriving its title from the traditional color of the uniform of civil safety personnel, the Blue Mass is a liturgical celebration that honors the work and sacrifices of law enforcement, first responders, and fire fighters. The Mass is offered for those who uphold the public well-being.
While the Blue Mass has a long and rich tradition in the United States, the Sept. 14 liturgy will be celebrated for the first time at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The Rev. David Lies, vicar general and moderator of the Curia will be the celebrant.
Bishop Kemme said he hopes the Blue Mass, like the Red Mass, will become an annual event.
Pearson is Planned Giving coordinator for the Diocese of Wichita.

Want to be a part of the Red or Blue Mass?
Judges, lawyers, lawmakers and their guests are invited to the Red Mass to be celebrated at 6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 14, in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita. Judges are invited to robe and to process as a group 10 minutes before Mass. Reservations are requested. To do so, call Ann Maley 316-440-1717 or email maley@CatholicDioceseOf Wichita.org.
Reservations are not necessary for the Blue Mass. All are welcome to attend, especially all men and women and their families who are in law enforcement, first responders, or fire fighters.